This blogpost is not about a new game akin to musical chairs, though given the number of commercial airports around some cities, musical airports might be a game some travelers must play on occasion. Instead, it is about those commercial airports that have been named or renamed for well-known musicians and composers. There are more musical airport eponyms than you may think. Below is the list of ten that I have come up with, along with an 11th identified by Xavier, and a 12th identified by Tim after publication. If you happen to know of any other commercial airports named for musicians/composers and other music-related persons, I would be pleased if you could pass them along. Enjoy!
- Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport (renamed in 2011)
- Donetsk, Ukraine – Donetsk Sergei Prokofiev International Airport
- Liverpool, United Kingdom – Liverpool John Lennon International Airport (renamed in 2002)
- Mar Del Plata, Argentina – Astor Piazzolla International Airport (renamed in 2008)
- Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands – Cesaria Evora International Airport (renamed in 2012) – Thank you for the addition, Tom.
- New Orleans, Louisiana – Louis Armstrong International Airport (renamed in 2001)
- Ostrava, Czech Republic – Leos Janacek Airport
- Parma Italy – Giuseppe Verdi Airport
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (thank you Xavier for the addition)
- Poznan, Poland – Henryk Weiniawski Airport
- Salzburg, Austria – Wolfgang A. Mozart International Airport
- Warsaw, Poland – Warsaw Frederic Chopin International Airport (renamed in 2001)
One interesting tidbit – John Lennon actually worked at the Liverpool Airport for a short time when he was a young man. There is a statue of this famous founder of The Beatles overlooking the check-in hall, along with a quote (“above us only sky”) from his epic song Imagine, and an artistic “Yellow Submarine” at the airport’s entrance.